Rises in the Cascade range, around Cascade Pass, and empties into the head of Lake Chelan. The surprising thing about this stream is that it has some of the largest Dolly Varden, cutthroat and rainbow trout of any Washington waters.
Varden trout have been landed weighing upwards of 25 pounds. August and September are, by far, the best months; various plug lures and smaller wobbling spoons are used.
The Dolly Varden trout take well on large plugs of the wobbler type, both Lucky Louie and Martin lures are used successfully. While the best fishing is in the lower reaches of the Stehekin, it is possible to obtain good trout all the way up.
The lower portion of the stream also has good silver fishing. There is a Forest Service road up the west side for about 20 miles that is in fair to good condition. There are resorts to contact in the Dehakin region, reached via boat service from the town of Chelan.
The Stehekin River and its tributaries alone would make an ideal fishing vacation. It is certainly one of the high-spots of a visit to Lake Chelan. All of the tributaries, Bridge, Agnes, Clear, Company, and Rainbow have good fishing, often unusually good.